Maybe northbear and others who have the CM-7000 can help us understand whether this box will display an image as we prefer it. Watching on a Sony 36" glass 4:3 EDTV we want to see 16:9 images displayed as letterbox, or 4:3 images displayed full screen, each showing full transmitted image with no additional zoom, stretch, or distortion. We have found all the discussion about the different screen modes a little little unclear, DTV being very new to us.
The CM box is one of our current preferences because of its s-video capability, but I'm a hog looking at a wristwatch when people start discussing the various screen modes. We understand the ins, outs, and relativity in matters of signal strength, but are not overly concerned about tuner sensitivity. We're getting very good digital reception on our Sharp Aquos HDTV off an antenna array that has the best possible UHF antenna atop the pole, and lower down a very good VHF log periodic, both amplified separately with a CM 7777 preamp. Our transmitting towers are 45 miles distant, but we're located a little downhill from what would be ideal. The Sharp usually shows about 75% signal strength, and reception drops out somewhere below 50%. We assume its tuner is probably about average in terms of sensitivity, which also describes the CM-7000, judging from user reports in these threads.
Thanks in advance for any light any of you can shed on whether the CM box will display an image as we prefer it.